New York - NYC Plans "Hot Dog" Task Force To Collect Millions Linked To Scofflaw Vendors
New York - In an effort to collect millions of dollars in unpaid fines racked up by sloppy, but cunning, New York City street vendors, Mayor Bloomberg plans to create a seven member team aimed at cracking down on scofflaws.
The New York Daily News (http://nydn.us/VqFKDb) is reporting that the team will cost the city $580,000 annually, but the Health Department estimates the city will collect at least that much in unpaid fines.
According to city officials, renegade mobile vendors routinely change business names or illegally rent their carts in order to skip out on fines—-which range up to $1,000 for code violations.
A 2010 study from the Independent Budget Office shockingly revealed that during a two year period less than $1 million was collected on the $15.8 million levied in fines ag ainst city food and street vendors.
Street vendors claim they simply cannot afford to pay their fines, and that they are routinely harassed by city officials who seek to violate them instead of helping them meet city requirements.
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